Moorfields railway station

Moorfields railway station is an underground railway station in the city centre of Liverpool, England. The station is situated on both the Northern and Wirral Lines of the Merseyrail network. It is the third-busiest station on the Merseyrail network, and the largest underground station. It is also the only station on the network having services to all other Merseyrail stations.

Merseyrail Class 507, 507033, Moorfields railway station (geograph 4020388).jpg
A Merseyrail Class 507 at the Wirral Line platform (before refurbishment)
General information
LocationLiverpool, Liverpool
Coordinates53°24′31″N 2°59′21″W / 53.4086°N 2.9892°W / 53.4086; -2.9892
Grid referenceSJ342907
Managed byMerseyrail
Transit authorityMerseytravel
Other information
Station codeMRF
Fare zoneC1
ClassificationDfT category D
Original companyLondon Midland Region of British Railways
Key dates
2 May 1977Low Level platforms opened
30 October 1977Deep Level platform opened
2017/18Increase 7.366 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.477 million
2018/19Decrease 6.534 million
 Interchange Increase 1.112 million
2019/20Increase 7.361 million
 Interchange Increase 1.178 million
2020/21Decrease 1.613 million
 Interchange Decrease 0.335 million
2021/22Increase 4.808 million
 Interchange Increase 0.694 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


Liverpool's rail network in 1977, showing Moorfields in relation to Liverpool Exchange
Shortly after the station opened in 1977

The station was built in the 1970s, as a replacement for Liverpool Exchange railway station, opening on 2 May 1977.[1] The station was opened by British Rail and is accessed via entrances at Moorfields and on the corner of Old Hall Street and Tithebarn Street. The Old Hall Street entrance is open from only 5:30 am until 7 pm on weekdays.

Services from the north had previously terminated at nearby Liverpool Exchange terminus station. The newly created north–south crossrail Northern Line runs through Moorfields. Liverpool Exchange was closed and the line extended underground to the new Moorfields station. The line from the north continued through a new tunnel to Liverpool Central, continuing south to terminate at Garston. The line was later extended to Hunts Cross and opened in 1983. At the same time, another new tunnel was built, carrying the Wirral Line in a loop from James Street via Moorfields, Lime Street, and Liverpool Central before returning to James Street; the Wirral Line platform opened on 30 October 1977.[1]

There are three platforms (two for the Northern Line and one for the Wirral Line) in two levels of tunnel. The Wirral Line platform is at a much deeper level to pass under the Queensway road tunnel.

Exterior of the station's entrance on Moorfields.

Passengers must, curiously for an underground station, go up an escalator from the Moorfields entrance to reach the ticket office – the station was originally intended to connect with a pedestrian walkway system, designed to separate pedestrians from traffic. Only a small section of the system was constructed in the 1970s and the scheme eventually fell by the wayside. From the ticket office, another escalator leads down to the main pedestrian tunnel which links the Northern and Wirral Line platforms and the Old Hall Street entrance.

The usage of the station Monday to Friday is much greater than the statistics show, since they credit "Liverpool" passengers to Lime Street station, and do not include day or season ticket holders. The station is however significantly quieter at weekends, since it is primarily used by people working in the business quarter and is less convenient for most of the city centre retail areas.

The ashes of Roy Vivian Hughes, the civil engineer who played a major part in the development of the Merseyrail system, are interred behind in a plaque on the wall of the main corridor.[2]

Recent historyEdit

The station underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2015/16 as part of a £40 million investment from Network Rail to allow improvement works to take place at Merseyrail's underground stations, with the refurbishment of Moorfields costing £8 million.[3] The refurbishment was completed in three phases, with each of the three platforms closing in turn for the work to be carried out. Additional funding for replacement of the station's escalators meant that the work was extended from the original April 2016 end date to July 2016.[4][5][6]

On 21 March 2016, an extensive track renewal programme was announced for the Wirral Line Loop, requiring the closure of the Loop (and, as a result, the station's Wirral Line platform) between 3 January and 18 June 2017 whilst works take place.[7]


The station is staffed, 15 minutes before the first train and 15 minutes after the last train, and has platform CCTV. There is an M to Go shop, toilet and live departure and arrival screens, for passenger information. The station additionally has a 32-space cycle rack and secure indoor storage for 32 cycles. The Old Hall entrance has no disabled-access facilities. The Moorfields entrance has lifts but they have narrow entrances with openings of 800 mm.[8]


Both lines on the Merseyrail network – the Northern Line and the Wirral Line – serve the station.

On the Northern Line, off-peak service level is as follows:

During late evenings, frequencies are reduced to 2 trains per hour on the Kirkby and Ormskirk branches; the Southport and Hunts Cross service retains 4 trains per hour until end of service.

Sunday services reflect the evening service, but the service from Southport to Hunts Cross is also reduced to 2 trains per hour on Sundays during the winter season. Services remain at 4 trains per hour on Sunday during the summer season.

On the Wirral Line, off-peak service level is as follows:

There are also extra services between Liverpool Central and Hooton during peak times.

Northern Line services use Platforms 1 and 2 at the station. Trains to Liverpool Central and Hunts Cross use Platform 1; trains to Southport, Ormskirk and Kirkby use Platform 2. All Wirral Line services depart from Platform 3.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Butt, R.V.J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations. Yeovil: Patrick Stephens Ltd. p. 162. ISBN 1-85260-508-1. R508.
  2. ^ Hodgson, Neil (21 February 2016). "Look behind the scenes at the £12m Moorfields station revamp". Liverpool Echo.
  3. ^ "Merseyrail confirms Moorfields revamp". Place North West. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Moorfields Station Refurbishment Closures". Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce. 18 February 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Moorfields Station Refurbishment". Merseyrail. 18 February 2015. Archived from the original on 21 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2015. Moorfields Station Refurbishment Update]
  6. ^ "Moorfields station platform to close from today". Liverpool Echo. 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ "What is Wirral loop line track renewal?". Merseyrail. Archived from the original on 20 February 2017. Retrieved 19 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Moorfields train station | timetable | ticket prices & facilities". Retrieved 19 February 2017.

External linksEdit

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
towards Southport,
Ormskirk or Kirkby
Northern Line
  Liverpool Central
towards Liverpool Central or Hunts Cross
James Street
(one-way operation)
Wirral Line
Lime Street

towards New Brighton, West Kirby,
Chester or Ellesmere Port